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Catch-all Discussions » Coolest Algonquin Experiences? » 6/05/2018 6:35 pm

Steve E
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Awesome stories everyone!  Love hearing all these....boknows you gonna share your supernatural experiences?

Equipment » Best Camping Device Ever? » 6/03/2018 5:36 pm

Steve E
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Ridiculous isn't it?

Equipment » Best Camping Device Ever? » 6/03/2018 11:06 am

Steve E
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Wow would you look at this...I still can't tell if this is actually a joke or not...but the website looks legit!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOnWJpELQg4




 

Trip Reports » Travers Lake Access to Eustache and Back » 6/01/2018 11:00 am

Steve E
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Awesome pics!  Beautiful area of the park...thanks for sharing

Backcountry » Winter camping rules » 5/11/2018 5:36 pm

Steve E
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Wow that would make things a TON easier in the winter eh?  I always find I spend a lot of time processing wood for 3 fires...1 for outside around dinner time, another for when I retire into the hot tent and then another for first thing in the morning....

Trip Reports » 5 Days in Winter » 5/02/2018 8:21 am

Steve E
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Thanks Doug!  Do you find you have any condensation issues with the space blanket?

Equipment » Looking for a 2-man tent with vestibule - recommendations? » 4/12/2018 11:15 am

Steve E
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I'm a big fan of the MEC tents.  Very well built, decent prices and rock solid warranty.

Backcountry » How late in the season do you guys hot tent? » 3/31/2018 10:30 am

Steve E
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I've used my hot tent in the shoulder seasons in Algonquin a few times and it was nice.  Temps can still dip down and things can get cold and damp so having the stove is always nice.  Having said that my tent is not overly waterproof so I tend not to use it anymore unless temps are staying below freezing.  But if it was waterproof I'd likely use it in Oct/Nov and April/May, if they were calling for wet or colder weather.

Trip Reports » Canada Day Weekend on Sec Lake in 2017 » 3/22/2018 2:06 pm

Steve E
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I feel your pain re the bugs.  Nothing will ruin a trip for me expect bugs.  I can do snow, sleet, rain, wind or whatever but bugs just drive me batty....Can't blame you!

Trip Reports » 5 Days in Winter » 3/12/2018 7:35 am

Steve E
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I've used pad for many years in my single layer hammock but that was with my Big Agnes sleeping bags.  They have a sleeve in the bottom where you slide your pad so the pad stays put under you.  That system actually works really well in a hammock (at least I found it did).  I've since tried a pad on it's own in a single layer and really found it moved all over the place.  I've seen lots of videos so it is possible but I toss and turn a lot so it really didn't work well for me.  The double layer hammock works well though with the pad in between.  I also think it depends on what kind of pad you use.  I've used a wide Thermarest Mondoking and it worked very well and didn't move.  I used an older regular Thermarest and it was ok too (although the standard width pads don't give as much coverage.  But this time I used my Thermarest AllSeason Neo and it was moving around like crazy in the double layer.  That pad is a lot less rigid than the other two so I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it...

Trip Reports » 5 Days in Winter » 3/11/2018 9:10 am

Steve E
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fishquest wrote:

I wonder if a sleeping pad might help out a bit.

I actually tried that at 3am on the 3rd night.  It's a double layered hammock so I put the pad in between the layers and it was not good.  I found the pad kept migrating to the middle of the hammock so when I laid on the diagonal, half my body would be off the pad. 

Trip Reports » 5 Days in Winter » 3/09/2018 3:46 pm

Steve E
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Thanks for the kind replies guys it means a lot to me! 
Winter rules say you can camp anywhere in the park as long as it's not on a summer site or 30 meters from any lake, river or trail (or road I think)...  Pretty much pick any spot and head back as far as you want into the bush!  We don't go too far as my dad is getting older and we prefer to bring some luxury items and lots of food so we do a few trips back and forth to the truck...

I'm hoping to get some time in my backyard to perfect the underquilt thing.  It has potential to be perfect it's just a bit off with the cold butt thing...but I think it's fixable

Trip Reports » 5 Days in Winter » 3/06/2018 10:44 am

Steve E
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Thanks PaPaddler!   I have to experiment with different tensions on the primary suspension.  From all that I've read folks suggest having that primary suspension quite tight.  The baffles in the quilt are differential cut which is supposed to minimize down compression, but I'll have to play with it a bit more..very close to getting it perfect

Trip Reports » 5 Days in Winter » 3/05/2018 3:30 pm

Steve E
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Actually I haven't been able to find a good spot to toboggan at all along the highway.  I spent a day there a few years back with my wife driving trying to find a spot and really there was nothing.  We ended up trying the road into the visitor centre (it was closed) as it was the only hill we could find...and it wasn't very good...

Trip Reports » 5 Days in Winter » 3/02/2018 2:48 pm

Steve E
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Thanks so much that is super nice to hear  

It's funny I've actually found it a bit refreshing not to always be looking through the lens.  Sometimes it's just nice to enjoy a moment for what it is and when it is and not be so fixated on trying to capture it in a picture.  In a weird way it's almost a bit liberating!

Trip Reports » 5 Days in Winter » 3/02/2018 1:26 pm

Steve E
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There was enough snow to use a sled so that made it a bit easier.  Walking was easy as the snow wasn't deep and the cleats REALLY helped. I've actually never had to use them before but they were very much needed...

And ya the cookie sheet thing works so well.  There's a pool of melted water underneath but not a drop gets into the fire

Trip Reports » 5 Days in Winter » 3/02/2018 12:24 pm

Steve E
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Lol thanks Uppa!  Half the time I don't even bother bringing my camera on hikes and stuff, if I know the lighting etc isn't great.  For the typical snapshots cellphones take decent enough photos...

When we were there we met this crew of about 5 older guys who come up a couple times a year.  They were off to hike the Mizzy Lake trail and one of the gentlemen was 90 years old!  Now that is inspiring eh???

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